Against a blue background with the rolling of the yellow stars in the large chamber in the european parliament in Brussels. debating politicians who are probably getting european voters heard about. They all want to be the new president of the EUROPEAN commission from Jean-Claude Juncker.
It is not certain that someone will be there (more on that later). The best chance is Danish liberal Margrethe Vestager, the German christian democrat Manfred Weber and the Dutch socialist, Frans Timmermans.
The other three on the stage, left, Nico Cué, a green To Keller and conservative Jan Zahradil may find themselves in to play second-fiddle. They will be negotiating partners for any of the main characters when they should try to create a majority in the EU parliament after the elections.
How did the three favorites of the debate?
as nattpratare in the radio. His soft voice is soothing, on the verge of soporific, and he would love to talk about consensus and to create optimism among Europe's inhabitants. How? There, he gave no answer.
therefore, It is very hard to see Manfred Weber as the one who on behalf of the EU to negotiate with heavyweights like Donald Trump or Vladimir Putin. Weber has never served in a national government, or had an executive job.
He did, however, few concrete proposals which can change the EU. Weber wants to deviate from the current model where it requires the agreement of the 28 member states in tax matters and in foreign affairs. Instead, he wants it to last, by a qualified majority, i.e. 55% of member states with at least 65% of the population, is for a proposal. This is to make the EUROPEAN union more competent to make decisions.
Weber took up Venezuela as an example. Where it took the EU four weeks to condemn president Maduro treats its population as Italy and Greece slowed.
it is more gunpowder in the. Margrethe Vestager, commissioner for competition, bay is not down for either us teknikjättar such as Google and Apple, or for French and German train makers who want to get together. Therefore, she is probably the most famous of the politicians.
Frans Timmermans, on his side, fajtats with the governments of Poland and Hungary, which pushes the EU's fundamental principles for how a rule should work.
to return to Margrethe Vestager she wants to have a EUROPEAN tax on the digital företagsjättarna and a common minimum level of corporate tax.
It would also Frans Timmermans. He suggests that companies should pay 18 percent of their profits.
Frans Timmermans would also have established minimum wages across the EU, which amount to 60 percent of the median wage in the member state. Vestager and Weber would not, however, to the EU to set minimum wages.
on taxing the digital giants. Can Apple, Amazon, Facebook, with more expected sharp proposals on these politicians get to decide.
the Climate issue became one of the hottest in the debate. Timmermans accused Weber of being backward-looking. Timmermans cited a non-profit organization that looked at how the Weber group voted in the EUROPEAN parliament and of the appointment of the dinosaurs.
Manfred Weber's defense was that he did not believe in punishment and of rules and regulations that inhibit, but on innovations.
to become EUROPEAN commission president is determined by the 28 heads of state and government. They should, however, account for the results of the election on 26 may, to propose a candidate for the european Parliament.
The heads of state and government looked at the sorry debate set enough all and wondered what other talents, in addition to the on the stage, which is available for the important post as the president of the commission.
in Particular, if Manfred Weber somehow manages to maneuver himself forward as the one who collects a majority in the parliament. The man with the velvety voice is hardly the right person to succeed Juncker.
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